* Posts by CanaDave

4 posts • joined 17 Oct 2012

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday


Not just app HSBC!

HSBC online banking also down for at least an hour this morning. It's up again .....for the time being.

HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie


Re: Tidy Desk

I had a similar problem 20 years ago where prior to the tidy desk policy I was told and had it written in my assessments that I did the work of three people. When the tidy desk policy came in I ignored it and kept working the way 'I' work. After months of arguing and threats from my boss I finally gave in and did it their way. Within two months I was in his office having to answer questions about why my productivity had dropped. And the answer was and is simple. No two people process information the same. Force me or somebody else to do it another way and the talent that you hired often times disappears. We never had visitors to our little cubicles anyway so what did it really matter?

US software firm hacked for years after suing China


Chilax and calm yourselves.

It's okay. Don't panic! Just keep pumping money into the growing economy via HSBC. What could go wrong...go wrong...go wrong...go wrong.

Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack


Not that bad but does require a re-think

I have an implantable pacemaker inside me and had similar discussions with my surgeon when I asked how the 'blended sensor' technology worked. I was told that although he installs several devices a day....he has no idea how they work. That of course raises the question 'if they don't know how they work how are you sure that the device they implant will do the job your require? Now ten months after surgery with no issues they are still trying to adjust it to give me back my healthy lifestyle where I want my heart rate to be able to up to 170 bps. They have finally admitted that they aren't sure how to adjust it. The teams are used to old and unhealthy clients that are pretty much just ticking over. I on the other hand am active and work my pacemaker up to the physical limitations that they pace team have set.

As for hacking I'm not too worried at this point in time. I'm happy that studies like this have appeared. http://www.secure-medicine.org/icd-study/icd-study.pdf But someone who might want to kill me will have to be so close to do it that they could shiv me in the shower! Future devices will have more security and like Karen Sandler says in her keynote address the proprietary nature of the devices and the firmware running on them is the issue. I work with hardware engineers and I see the types of bugs that arise. in my case if the pacemaker does stop working I won't die anyway so it's not too much of an issue either. But to someone that really relies on these devices I would be concerned.

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